Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy Ltd., said its Group would launch its latest 1.5 MW range turbine S8X for the Indian market, the next generation low-wind turbine focused on harnessing Class III, low-wind sites.
The new turbine is specifically designed to deliver high efficiency and cost effective power generation even at low wind speeds, therefore, increasing the size of the market and making wind power projects even more financially competitive than they are today, it said.
The S8X, scheduled for launch in 2012, is designed with advanced rotors, with diameters of 86.5 and 89 meters, and a lower height of 90 meters, which will bring improvements in energy yields of between 15 to 20 percent over the current S82 – 1.5 MW offering in low wind conditions. Additionally, it is designed specifically to operate in high temperature, and to meet the current and future grid requirements in India.
The turbine is an evolution of the proven S82 – 1.5 MW platform, with around 2,400 MW in installations consistently delivering 97 percent plus availability (uptime). The new design also incorporates several key features from the S9X suite of turbines, helping to achieve higher reliability, improved power output, higher safety and improved lightening protection. Like the S9X, the new turbine offers an improved pitch and yaw system, hub assembly, main frame and other key components, ensuring easier maintenance, greater reliability and higher uptime.
Suzlon Energy President-Technology John O’Halloran said, “This marks an extremely important step forward in our product strategy. The S8X builds on our extensive operating experience with out highly successful S82 – 1.5 MW fleet in some of the most challenging environments in the world. The development program drew extensively on feedback from our key customer groups – primarily PSUs and IPPs in India – to create a product that meets their current and future needs, and provides consistently improving returns on investment.”
Suzlon Group Chairman Tulsi Tanti said, “We are very pleased to bring this cutting edge offering to the market. The S8X represents our relentless commitment to continuously improve our products and services to meet the exact needs of our customers, today and in the future. As the Indian wind market continues to grow at over 40 percent per annum, we believe the S8X will be a game changer in the high-growth 1.5 MW segment – delivering higher reliability, uptime, energy production and ultimately greatly improved returns on investment to customers over it lifecycle.”